Thursday, 6 September 2018

GW/SW-001 – Pen y Fan


GW/SW-001 – Pen y Fan (8 points)

30/08/2018

A very busy summit

Perhaps we should have decided to visit another summit but the sun was shining and we both wanted something easy to try and ease our way back on to the hills and mountains. Not only had John GW4TQE alerted but also Rod M0JLA and Viki M6BWA ….. useful s2s points would be in the bag if all went to plan.

My GPS track
Busy car park
Great views today
Val with Fan Fawr, Fan Gyhirych and Fan Brycheiniog visible...all SOTA summits

As we approached Bwlch Duwynt I could hear John calling.  I gave a call and informed him I would be on summit in 10 minutes and with that I sprinted ahead and left Val to make her way to the summit alone and amongst the growing number of visitors.
View from Bwlch Duwynt
View from Bwlch Duwynt

John was very soon in the log from Black Mountain GW/SW-041 so I then looked around for a suitable spot to set up. Val wasn’t long arriving at my chosen spot so she helped me get the station in order then went to take a few pictures. With the HF bands in poor condition I opted to start on 2m and very soon had a pile up of chasers after my spot hit Sotawatch…thanks everybody.

Unpacking KX2

10:01z
GW4TQE/P
144MHz
FM
John s2s GW/SW-041
10:25z
GW6OVD
144MHz
FM
Mal..Treharris
10:26z
GW0PLP
144MHz
FM
Don..Aberporth Nr Cardigan
10:27z
MW6IUT
144MHz
FM
Brian..Aberdulais Nr Neath
10:28z
MW6BWA/P
144MHz
FM
Viki Heading foir GW/SW-003
10:28z
MW0JLA/P
144MHz
FM
Rod heading for GW/SW-003
10:29z
G4WTF
144MHz
FM
Ian..Herford City
10:30z
G0RQL
144MHz
FM
Don..Holsworthy Devon
10:35z
G0JMD
144MHz
FM
MIke..Avon Nr Bristol
10:38z
MW0OFA
144MHz
FM
Frank..Blaenffos Pembs
10:43z
MW1CJE/M
144MHz
FM
Andrew..heading for GW/SW-030
10:50z
MW6BMM
144MHz
FM
Billy..Waunarlwydd Swansea
10:54z
G0XAE
144MHz
FM
Mike..Westbury on Severn
11:19z
GM0VWP/P
7MHz
SSB
Terry s2s GM/SI-153
11:21z
EA2DT
7MHz
SSB
Manuel..Pamplona
11:22z
DL3RBF/P
7MHz
SSB
Franz s2s DM/HE-045
11:23z
DL3HXX
7MHz
SSB
Lothar..Wittenberg
11:24z
DJ5AV
7MHz
SSB
Mike..Heiligenberg
11:25z
DL1CR/P
7MHz
SSB
Christoph s2s DM/NS-161
11:26z
M0MDA
7MHz
SSB
Mick..Leeds
11:26z
HB9DHA
7MHz
SSB
Ray..Switzerland
11:45z
IK2LEY/IA5
14MHz
SSB
Fabio s2s I/TO-200
11:46z
SA4BLM
14MHz
SSB
Lars..Sweden
12:05z
MW1CJE/P
144MHz
FM
Andrew s2s GW/SW-030
12:07z
MW0JLA/P
144MHz
FM
Rod s2s GW/SW-003
12:10z
MW6BWA/P
144MHz
FM
Viki s2s GW/SW-003
12:11z
MW6BWA/P
433MHz
FM
Viki s2s GW/SW-003 diff band

2m pile up

There were no takers on 60m but 40m seemed to be working although rapid QSB was a major problem. It was nice to get three s2s in the log on this band. We had a surprise visit from the National Park warden who promptly told me to carry on and moved away quite quickly to chase someone who was using a drone…he was not amused. 

Busy summit now
Sugar Loaf visible in the distance..SOTA summit....Val listening to Viki

Within a short period of time Andrew, Rod and Viki were in the log from their respective summits. Rod and Viki were on Fan Brycheiniog having followed a South approach along the ridge line to the summit…must try that one.
Busy Corn Du from Pen y Fan

We had been on summit for over two hours but the weather had been kind to us…we will probably be back for a few winter bonus points before Christmas so I hope the HF bands will be in better shape.

 (HF) Elecraft KX2 (5 watts) and 4Ah LiPo

(VHF) Yaesu FT2 with cable dipole on fishing mast

Antenna - 3 band link dipole (60/40/20 (+15m extensions +80m loading coils)

Antenna support - 4m Fishing pole.

Thanks everyone for the contacts
73 Allan GW4VPX